Pakistan in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

South Africa v Pakistan

South Africa won by 211 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

10.30am Three slips in place, Umar Gul has the ball but all eyes are on G Smith.

10.25am The bell has been rung by Cameron van der Burgh, the Olympic gold medalist swimmer. Not too far away from the first ball now.

Talha: "Another left-armer for Pakistan, let's hope Rahat Ali has an awesome start to test career. 5-for in first innings will be brilliant for Pakistan."

Moppa: "Hello from Australia and congratulations to Smith on a great achievement. We know him as a great competitor (4th innings centuries at Perth 2008 and Cape Town 2011), brave (batting with a broken hand in Sydney 2009), and magnanimous (with his guard of honour for Ricky Ponting last year). Hopefully he gets a ton today."

10.15am Firdose is overjoyed to be back at the Wanderers "the best ground in the whole world," she says.

Bez: "Come on, Biff, you 'paragon of human perfection'! Crack a double hundred for the fans! You deserve to be cheered all the way."

Rob: "I have much respect for Graeme Smith, truly one of the greats. But with all the hype, today surely has massive potential to go all Bradman on him..."

10.05am More from our readers.

Stiaan: "Good Luck Biff and co! Congrats on the 100th test as captain and Birthday! Surely the greatest captain we've ever had!! GO PROTEAS!!!"

Atlas Khan: "So finally waiting time is over lets play some good cricket now.we pakistani missing quality cricket since six months."

Kalpesh: "I reckon this is as big a Test for South Africa as much as it for Pakistan purely on what Pakistan bowlers can do. Having said that Pakistan's batting must stand tall and the fielders should hold on to the catches, if they can do so a mouth watering contest is on offer."

Toss The call is 'heads,' South Africa win the toss and bat. Smith says "it might be a bit tough in the morning". He then jokes that he should have protected himself as an opener, but thinks the cracks in the pitch will start playing a big role as the match progresses.

Misbah says he would have liked to bat first as well though the morning session should pose plenty of questions for the batsmen. "Really, really looking forward to seeing Junaid Khan in these conditions," he says. Debuts for Rahat Ali and Nasir Jamshed.

Here are the XIs: South Africa: Smith, Petersen, Amla, Kallis, AB, Faf, Elgar, Peterson, Philander, Steyn, Morkel

Pakistan: Jamshed, Hafeez, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid, Rahat Ali

9.50am There's some grass on the pitch, and a few cracks. Shaun Pollock says it will be a good toss to lose. He says it is quite soft on top, and there will be quite a bit of movement at the start, though it should be easier to bat once the first hour is dealt with.

As always in a match in Johannesburg (altitude approx 5800ft above sea level), I'm waiting to see who mentions "the rarefied atmosphere of the Highveldt" first.

And here's our first batch of reader mail.

Tony Railton: "Smith is the 6th South African to reach 100 Tests. This one, his 108th brings him equal with Shaun Pollock and equal 3rd overall."

Willie: "Cant wait to see Kallis, Amla, De Villiers and Philander back in the side - we really missed them in the ODI series against New Zealand. This should be a wonderful contest!"

Yaser: "This is Junaid Khan's chance to announce himself to the World Stage"

9.45am Here's Firdose's first update of the day: "Beautiful day up here, some clouds but mostly blue and sunny. We had a bit of overnight rain."

A big day for Pakistan as well. They haven't played Tests in six months or so, and their captain Misbah-ul-Haq has dubbed this tour one of their biggest challenges. Particularly interesting to watch will be how Junaid Khan, already one of the most promising fast bowlers in the world, and Nasir Jamshed, who has established himself in limited-overs cricket, develop.

South Africa begins as favourites, as the world's No. 1 team should, but Pakistan should put in a good fight, certainly far more than a hapless New Zealand Test side managed. Our Pakistan blogger Kamran Abassi writes "I cannot remember as resolute a bunch as this venturing to South African shores".

9.30am Hello all. It's BiffDay today, as Graeme Smith is set to make history by becoming the first man to lead in 100 Tests. Back-to-back away wins in England and Australia, taking South Africa to No. 1 in Tests, a master of the fourth innings, as Harsha Bhogle writes, Graeme Smith doesn't quite get the respect he deserves. On the other hand, few get to be called "a paragon of human perfection" as Smith has been by his country's sports minister.

For more on how good Smith is, here's Firdose Moonda's piece 'The brash lad who grew up right' and some forensic statistical analysis from S Rajesh.

0.1

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, starts with a slightly wide one, Smith chases after it, bit of movement away and Smith misses

0.2

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, slightly closer to off, jags back in towards Smith who hangs his bat out and is beaten past the inside-edge

0.3

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, on the pads, whipped in front of square leg for a single, cheers greet the first run of the match

0.4

Umar Gul to Petersen, no run, a stifled appeal for lbw, extra bounce there for Gul, Petersen facing his first delivery, edges that away to the leg side

0.5

Umar Gul to Petersen, no run, length ball outside off, 134.8kph, Gul grunts as he allows that through to the keeper, Petersen happy to leave

0.6

Umar Gul to Petersen, no run, and again, 135kph from Gul, slight movement away, outside off and Petersen happy to leave

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/0
AN Petersen    0* (3b)      Umar Gul    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    1* (3b)     

And here's the man of whom much is expected, Junaid Khan. He has shown he can move the ball both ways and was a handful even on the flat tracks of Sri Lanka. How will he fare here?

Rahul: "waiting to see smith vs junaid..!" Here we go.

1.1

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, he beats Smith first up, gets the ball to move away just a bit after pitching outside off, Smith pokes and misses

1.2

Junaid Khan to Smith, 1 run, short of length and outside off, pushed off the back foot towards cover for a single

1.3

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, that one is down the leg side, 137.4kph, left alone

1.4

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, full and way wide of the off stump, easy to leave, 137kph from Junaid

1.5

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, gets the ball to seam in but that starts just outside leg and moves further away

And here's more from Firdose: "There are a lot of school kids that have been brought in, including kids from Smith's old school KES."

1.6

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, better from Junaid, length ball on off, defended from the crease by Petersen

Riaan: "Love him or hate him, Biff is one of the greatest players under pressure - if that doesn't jinx him"

End of over 2 (1 run) South Africa 2/0
AN Petersen    0* (7b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    2* (5b)      Umar Gul    1-0-1-0

2.1

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, down the leg side from Gul, 138.8 kph, through to the keeper

2.2

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, shifts his line to outside off, 136.6kph, left alone by Smith, a hint of inward movement

2.3

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, short of length ball moving in, Smith shuffles across as he does so often, struck on the thigh pad as he looks to nurdle the ball towards square leg

2.4

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, length ball well outside off, Smith dabs it towards cover for a single

2.5

Umar Gul to Petersen, no run, goes straight on after pitching on a length outside off, Petersen happy to leave that 138kph delivery

2.6

Umar Gul to Petersen, no run, moves in a bit towards Petersen, still far enough outside off for the batsman to allow it through to the keeper

Steven De Kiewit: "I go to sleep every night haunted by nightmares of Smith edging to slips or gully." Any other cricketing nightmares out there?

End of over 3 (1 run) South Africa 3/0
AN Petersen    0* (9b)      Umar Gul    2-0-2-0
GC Smith    3* (9b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-1-0

3.1

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, 'Well bowed Junaid,' shouts the keeper, that was 142kph and outside off, Smith opens the face and plays the ball in front of point

3.2

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, back of a length ball outside off, not much movement this time, Smith shoulders arms

3.3

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, this time he gets it to swerve away, a length ball outside off, Smith isn't drawn into playing that though

3.4

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, big appeal for lbw, at least from the bowler, that angles in from Junaid, past Smith's bat as he looks to defend but that was much too high

3.5

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, pitched up, 139kph, Smith works it towards square leg from outside off

3.6

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, another big lbw appeal, turned down, will they go for the referral, no they aren't, this was a much closer call than the previous one in the over, Smith as always looking to work the ball to leg is stuck on the pads, perhaps just outside off, very close that, replays show that would have been "umpire's call" on height and line

End of over 4 (maiden) South Africa 3/0
GC Smith    3* (15b)      Junaid Khan    2-1-1-0
AN Petersen    0* (9b)      Umar Gul    2-0-2-0

4.1

Umar Gul to Petersen, 1 leg bye, nudged towards square leg for a single

4.2

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, a short ball, Smith awkwardly defends that one, jumping to get on top of the bounce

4.3

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, pushed towards cover for a quick single

4.4

Umar Gul to Petersen, no run, pitched up and well outside off, there's a bit of movement here for the bowlers, and good carry, this one is left alone

Olly: "I once had a nightmare about the cross-batted hoick across the line in the final episode of Downton Abbey season 3."

4.5

Umar Gul to Petersen, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, dropped in the direction of cover, Smith is up and running early and they pinch a single

Ross: "I go to sleep every night haunted by nightmares of Smith playing a cover drive. He should copyright "ugly, but effective"."

4.6

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, beaten outside off, Gul gets that one to snake away from Smith, who didn't cover for the movement, no edge however

James: "I watched England batting against Ambrose, Walsh and Bishop. Who needs nightmares?"

End of over 5 (3 runs) South Africa 6/0
GC Smith    4* (18b)      Umar Gul    3-0-4-0
AN Petersen    1* (12b)      Junaid Khan    2-1-1-0

Kalpesh: "Left arm quickies have a bit of history against Smith - Zaheer and Mitchell Johnson are the 2 who come mind and if there is one bowler who can replicate the 2 it has to be Junaid."

5.1

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, lovely ball from Junaid, 138.9kph, pitched up and around middle stump, that straightens a touch and Petersen is beaten, lucky for him he didn't nibble it through

5.2

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, not the best follow-up delivery, swinging and wide down the leg side, giving the keeper a workout there

5.3

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, this time Petersen doesn't poke at the ball outside off, angles across him and he is withdraws the bat at the last moment, leaves it by playing well inside the line

5.4

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, big appeal from Junaid, who is always enthusiastic when it comes to lbw, this looked to have pitched outside leg and contact was pretty high as well

5.5

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, angling across once more, Petersen isn't comfortable at all here, he stays in the crease and isn't sure whether to leave or play, he's beaten as that sneak between bat and body

5.6

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, pitched up, 136.5kph, a crisp drive towards extra cover, end of a probing over from Junaid

Sean Kenny: "Still my worst nightmare. Alan Donald, Lance Klusener. Need I say anymore?"

End of over 6 (maiden) South Africa 6/0
AN Petersen    1* (18b)      Junaid Khan    3-2-1-0
GC Smith    4* (18b)      Umar Gul    3-0-4-0

6.1

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, length ball just outside off, Smith moves across and defends to the leg side

Ragavendra Balakrishnan: "I Watched India bat in all the recent series before the ODI. No need to explain nightmares for us. It was all Amityville Horror.."

6.2

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, Gul grunts as he hurls this one, just outside off moving away a hint, Smith moves across to cover his stumps and lifts the bat over his head as he allows the ball through to the keeper

Bez: "Strange, James. Watching Ambrose, Walsh and Bishop bowl at England was like a beautiful dream to me. To each their own, I guess."

6.3

Umar Gul to Smith, 2 runs, the typical Smith nudge towards deep square leg, short of length ball on middle stump from Gul

6.4

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, too far outside off to worry Smith

6.5

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, short of length ball on middle and leg stump, pushed in the direction of mid-on, a loud 'No,' from Smith

Ali Waqas: "I am disappointed that the big giant Irfan is not playing but wouldnt underestimate Misbah, he is a shrewd captain.Lets see how Rahat delievers."

6.6

Umar Gul to Smith, FOUR, not the best of deliveries from Gul, overpitched and down the leg side, Smith helps that down towards fine leg for the first boundary of the match, the schoolkids love that and create quite a noise

Denis: "My nightmares are standard SA stock: Zulu and Donald standing at one end with Steve Waugh cackling, ball in hand, sneeringly breaking the stumps; but there is always a 3rd and sometimes a 4th SAn standing with them - last night it was Smith and Amla......"

End of over 7 (6 runs) South Africa 12/0
GC Smith    10* (24b 1x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-10-0
AN Petersen    1* (18b)      Junaid Khan    3-2-1-0

7.1

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, Junaid is so close to a wicket here, getting the ball to move away from Petersen this time, he pokes at it and misses, no outside edge

Doogie Howzat: "I have nightmares of Duckworth and Lewis winning the Nobel prize for economics, and rain affecting PAY."

7.2

Junaid Khan to Petersen, 1 run, on the pads, overpitched as well, worked away towards deep midwicket

7.3

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, past the inside edge this time, extra bounce there from Junaid, just a bit of movement away for him, Smith looks to defend but is beaten, good stuff this from Junaid

Tahir: "Only if Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif were not banned, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir, this my friends, would send shivers down any world class batting line up."

7.4

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, comes in with the angle, bounces just outside off and curls away, lovely to watch, Smith allows that through to the keeper

7.5

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, pitched up, blocked towards cover

Oliver Jones: "My abiding nightmare of English cricket will always be the 2001 Ashes series. I always remember listening to a test on the radio, and just before we went through a tunnel, Ian Ward had come in to bat; when we got out the tunnel, he was out."

7.6

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, length ball angling in towards the middle stump, patted towards mid-on

Awais: "C'mon guys, I have seen Misbah tuk tukin in World Cup Semifinal against India in chase of 261, any worse nightmare?"

End of over 8 (1 run) South Africa 13/0
GC Smith    10* (28b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    4-2-2-0
AN Petersen    2* (20b)      Umar Gul    4-0-10-0

Right, a first look at Rahat Ali now. Three slips and a gully, the ball is jagging about but no wickets yet

8.1

Rahat Ali to Petersen, 2 runs, full ball from Rahat, on the pads, whipped towards square leg, just past the man at short leg

Graeme: "C'mon Sean, what about Boucher grinning as he blocks out in an ODI in the drizzle at Kingsmead? Somebody tell them please.

8.2

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, pitched up and just outside off stump, Petersen leaves that on the angle

8.3

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, bangs it in a bit short, sits up outside off, Petersen goes for the pull but misses

Johan: "South Africa have always had a bit of a history with good swing bowling. Prasad, Vaas, Hoggart to name a few have often castled our batsmen. Would be interesting to see how Junaid measures up in this series."

8.4

Rahat Ali to Petersen, 1 run, keeps it full this time, pitching on middle, not too much movement yet from him, defended towards midwicket

James: "Are you West Indian Bez? If so, I guess you don't need nightmares today!"

8.5

Rahat Ali to Smith, no run, gets this one to seam away from Smith, but that starts too far outside off to bother Smith

gav: "My nightmare is being part of Australia's selectors panel for the 2010-11 Ashes and I convince everyone to pick Doherty to expose Pietersen's left arm spin weakness and then im in the outfield chasing his slog sweeps on his way to 200. Good times that."

8.6

Rahat Ali to Smith, no run, 136.8kph from Rahat, back of a length ball not too far from off stump, far enough for Smith to shoulder arms, a decent first over from Rahat

kushagra: "I still have nightmares of Chennai '98 ,the lofted shot of Sachin and Moin Khan shouting "Catch it" !!"

End of over 9 (3 runs) South Africa 16/0
GC Smith    10* (30b 1x4)      Rahat Ali    1-0-3-0
AN Petersen    5* (24b)      Junaid Khan    4-2-2-0

9.1

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, moves away outside off, left alone by Petersen

There has been some testing stuff from the Pakistan quicks so far this morning, but Smith and Petersen are still in the middle

9.2

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, a touch shorter this time, and well outside off, Petersen shoulders arms

9.3

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, jags away after pitching outside off, Petersen waits in the crease and leaves the ball

Hashmi: "Talking about nightmares but not mentioning Hussey blasting Ajmal The Magician for 18 runs in last over of a World Cup Semi Final with 16 runs to win. Oh Cum'on, I still remember that day like it just happened yesterday."

9.4

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, a leading edge there, Petersen looking to help that leg stump delivery somewhere towards square leg but the ball rolls away towards point instead

9.5

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, beaten outside off, terrific delivery from Junaid, sucking Petersen forward with the length,getting the ball to nip away, past the outside edge, there is a discussion over whether to go for the DRS for a caught-behind shout, they decide against it, wisely

9.6

Junaid Khan to Petersen, 2 runs, on leg stump and that is worked away towards square leg

End of over 10 (2 runs) South Africa 18/0
AN Petersen    7* (30b)      Junaid Khan    5-2-4-0
GC Smith    10* (30b 1x4)      Rahat Ali    1-0-3-0

10.1

Rahat Ali to Smith, FOUR, pitched up and outside off, Smith grinds it down the ground, picks it from outside off to push it between the bowler and mid-on for four

Still three slips and a gully

10.2

Rahat Ali to Smith, 2 runs, shortish ball, 136.5kph, well of off stump, slapped off the back foot towards backward point, where Nasir Jamshed misfields to allow a couple

10.3

Rahat Ali to Smith, 1 run, short of length ball, 135.1kph, Smith jumps to get on top of the bounce, works the ball towards square leg for a single

10.4

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, pitched up and swings in towards Petersen, blocked out by the batsman

10.5

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, one of the uglier shots you will see, especially in the first hour of a Test, a short ball outside off, well outside off, Petersen still decides to pull it, but he ends up mistiming it to the right of the bowler

10.6

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, a good looking delivery, on a length and heading for off stump, resolute defence from Petersen

End of over 11 (7 runs) South Africa 25/0
AN Petersen    7* (33b)      Rahat Ali    2-0-10-0
GC Smith    17* (33b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    5-2-4-0

11.1

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, back of a length ball slanting down the leg side, Smith moves across to try help it down to fine leg but misses

11.2

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, pitched up, 135.3 kph, seams away after bouncing outside off, Smith content to leave

11.3

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, pitched up once more, punched towards mid-on, the keeper shouts telling Junaid to just keep bowling it in the right areas and that the wicket will follow

11.4

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, grunts as he bowls that one, on a length and just outside off, Smith gets behind the line and defends

11.5

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, short ball, 137kph, angles in towards Smith's body, Smith spots it early and ducks under

11.6

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, this goes straight on, 136.7, back of a length and heading for off, blocked back to the bowler

abhiRajput: "common guys that's enough of the nightmare stuff this is biff's 100th test as a captain not a nightmare." Right, then what about Smith's best performances?

End of over 12 (maiden) South Africa 25/0
GC Smith    17* (39b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    6-3-4-0
AN Petersen    7* (33b)      Rahat Ali    2-0-10-0

12.1

Rahat Ali to Petersen, 1 run, length ball on off stump, defended towards cover and sets off for a quick single

12.2

Rahat Ali to Smith, no run, smith ends up playing all around a pitched up delivery from Rahat, the ball sneaks between bat and the batsman

Morfi: "Something(s) about Rahat Ali remind me of Mohammad Sami. And it is not just the run up, the angle of the back on delivery, the action, and the flop of hair.... its perhaps the great speed and 6 different lengths in one over as well....." A bit harsh that from Morfi, the line and length haven't been that poor.

12.3

Rahat Ali to Smith, 1 run, that was not the best of deliveries, short and wide, slapped towards point

Imran: "Are we already seeing the beginnings of the SA game plan here? Block out Junaid, wait for Gul's bad balls and look to score of the debutant Rahat?"

Only two slips now

12.4

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, pitched up and outside off, carries on with the angle, Petersen not tempted to drive

12.5

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, too far outside off, much too far to worry the batsman, Rahat making

12.6

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, better from Rahat, short of length and on of stump, blocked off the back foot, and the South Africa openers walk off for a well-earned drink

There have been plenty of good deliveries in the first hour but Smith and Petersen have been able to withstand the movement and bounce. Junaid has superb figures of 6-3-4-0

Sathish: "Smith scored fabulous 90 from just 56 balls when SA was to chase mammoth total by Australia. for me, thats one of the best innings ever i have witnessed"

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 27/0
AN Petersen    8* (37b)      Rahat Ali    3-0-12-0
GC Smith    18* (41b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    6-3-4-0

Gul takes over from Junaid. Two slips and a gully.

13.1

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, that is pitched up and towards the leg stump, worked towards midwicket

Zubair Haffajee: "His double hundreds in England along with his ODI century in a losing effort against England (again) when Strauss denied him a runner... Showed his true character and what an inspirational leader he can be"

13.2

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, length ball just outside off, Smith moves across and defends towards the bowler

Omer Naeem: "I remember Smith's back to back double tons (277 and 259) in England 2003. The way he muscled English bowlers in both the tests is as fresh as yesterday in my mind."

13.3

Umar Gul to Smith, 2 runs, on the pads, back of a length, Smith loves it there, helped towards deep backward square leg

13.4

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, lovely ball, Gul from round the wicket, gets the ball to angle in and then it jags away, Smith is completely beaten by that one

Joe Claassen: "@ Smith's Best Performances; 154* against England at Edgbaston to win SA first series in England since Pieter van der Merwe team in the 60's."

13.5

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, pitched up this time, Smith falling over as he plays that towards the leg side, that was a thick inside-edge on to the pad

13.6

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, defended from the crease towards point

Abdul Moeed: "Smith has been part of all four of South Africa's opening partnerships of over 300 runs, in three of them he was partnered by Gibbs, and in 2008 Smith added 415 for the first wicket with Neil McKenzie against Bangladesh, a world record opening partnership."

End of over 14 (2 runs) South Africa 29/0
GC Smith    20* (47b 2x4)      Umar Gul    5-0-12-0
AN Petersen    8* (37b)      Rahat Ali    3-0-12-0

First slip is quite wide

14.1

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, short of a length ball outside off, Petersen casually looks to glide that to third man but plays it towards gully instead

kushagra: "his 26 centuries have all been a delight. But my choice of his top performance would be the way he came out to bat with a broken hand. Facing the Australian quicks with a broken hand would be anybody's nightmare. Not Smith's :) !!"

14.2

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, good delivery and a good leave from Petersen, just outside off and carries on

Ger: "Smith's best performances have to be each of his 4 forth innings hundreds - all won his team the game. 150 against England and the unbelievable century against the Aussies in chasing over 400 to win the test was amazing."

14.3

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, length ball angling down the leg side, off the pads and the ball dribbles towards square leg

jason: "my fondest smith memory: biff scoring his maiden list a century on his 21st birthday at newlands in the semi-final. western province comfortably beat north west, thanks to his unbeaten 117 :)"

14.4

Rahat Ali to Petersen, 1 wide, too far outside off from Rahat, too far for the umpire's liking, not sure that was far enough to be called a wide though

TheGrissom: "My best Smith memory is when he and Minki broke up. But then she went and ruined it by marrying someone else."

14.4

Rahat Ali to Petersen, FOUR, not that short from Rahat, but short enough for Petersen to pull that away towards midwicket for four, he loves that shot, dismissive shot, played well in front of square

MrGarreth: "That 150 odd not out against England in England in the 4th innings to win the game was one of the greatest test feats I've ever seen"

14.5

Rahat Ali to Petersen, FOUR, a good-looking drive from Petersen, this was full and outside off, crisply hit towards mid-off where Junaid misfields to give away a boundary

14.6

Rahat Ali to Petersen, no run, opens the face and guides a length ball from outside off towards gully

End of over 15 (9 runs) South Africa 38/0
AN Petersen    16* (43b 2x4)      Rahat Ali    4-0-21-0
GC Smith    20* (47b 2x4)      Umar Gul    5-0-12-0

15.1

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, Gul bowling from round the wicket, pitched on a length and outside off, defended down the track

Ross: "I still love his first series in England. It put his name on the map and egg on Nasser's face. Has there even been a better "walk the walk" reply to a snarky comment?"

15.2

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, snakes in from outside off, Smith doesn't expect it to move as much as it did and is struck on the pads

15.3

Umar Gul to Smith, 2 runs, full and around off, thumped away towards deep backward square leg, easy to do given the angle from round the wicket

Nathan S: "Who can forget Big Biff striding out against Australia with a broken hand to try and save the test. I get goosebumps thinking about it, the true personification of courage and patriotism, a truly incredible moment for me."

15.4

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, switches to over the wicket, a back of length ball on middle and leg stump, Smith jumps and defends to the leg side

15.5

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, pitched up, a good delivery from Gul on off stump, defended to the leg side by Smith

15.6

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards the off side this time

Narayanan S: "Greame Smith's 67 not out in a losing cause against England at Johannesburg in 2005 is still fresh in memory. He was injured but came out to bat at No.8 and was looking good to take SA to victory but no one else was there to support him."

End of over 16 (2 runs) South Africa 40/0
GC Smith    22* (53b 2x4)      Umar Gul    6-0-14-0
AN Petersen    16* (43b 2x4)      Rahat Ali    4-0-21-0

Junaid is back. Pakistan still looking for that first breakthrough

16.1

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, pitching it on a length and angling it away from Petersen, a hint of movement back towards the batsman, who wonders whether to play at that or not, then leaves it

16.2

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, lovely ball from Junaid, this one is closer to off and Petersen is squared up as he looks to play that from the crease

16.3

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, back of a length ball on middle and off, Petersen blocks this back towards the bowler

16.4

Junaid Khan to Petersen, 1 run, length ball around off, not much movement, Petersen taps it towards cover for a single

16.5

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, full and slanting down the leg side there, Smith shuffles across as he looks to work that to the leg side, off the pads and in the direction of fine leg

16.6

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, this goes straight on after pitching just outside off, Smith's broad bat sends it back towards Junaid

Karl-Robert: "How about Smithy's 3/30 in an ODI in Perth which helped restirct Sri Lanka to 221 for SA to win the match by 5 wickets. He dismissed three of the top four including Mahela and Jayasuria..."

End of over 17 (1 run) South Africa 41/0
GC Smith    22* (55b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    7-3-5-0
AN Petersen    17* (47b 2x4)      Umar Gul    6-0-14-0

17.1

Umar Gul to Petersen, 1 run, good ball from Gul, on a length and just outside off, Petersen looks to defend and inside-edges that towards backward square leg

17.2

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, back of a length ball just outside off, patted towards cover for a quick single, South Africa have run well this morning, often taking the sharp singles to rotate the strike

17.3

Umar Gul to Petersen, 1 run, length ball slanting in towards off stump, worked towards square leg

17.4

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, shortish ball outside off, 135.5kph, Smith keeps his bat low and gets his head out of the line of that one

17.5

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, length ball outside off, pushed towards cover for another quick run

Dan Madden: "Mr Smith has been the cause of the demise of three England captains - no fluke there. He seems to will things to happen - particularly in fourth innings chases: wonderful record. Best wishes to Biff!"

17.6

Umar Gul to Petersen, 1 run, shorter from Gul, 135.3kph, Petersen loves going for the pull, he didn't want to put too much power as he played it this time, sends it towards fine leg for a single

End of over 18 (5 runs) South Africa 46/0
AN Petersen    20* (50b 2x4)      Umar Gul    7-0-19-0
GC Smith    24* (58b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    7-3-5-0

18.1

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, length ball angling in towards the pads, driven towards midwicket

18.2

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, short of length ball on off stump, defended to the leg side

18.3

Junaid Khan to Petersen, OUT, there's the breakthrough, Junaid has been the best of the bowlers today, and gets his reward, short of length ball from round the stumps, that square up Petersen, who was looking to play it towards the leg side but it loops to third slip instead, plenty of bounce for Junaid, Petersen walks soon after Pakistan appeal, a wicket Pakistan desperately needed

AN Petersen c Mohammad Hafeez b Junaid Khan 20 (91m 53b 2x4 0x6) SR: 37.73

About half an hour to lunch. Amla gets plenty of applause as he walks out

18.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, length ball is defended back down the pitch

18.5

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, pretty close to off stump, that was quick from Junaid and that rears up after Amla shoulders arms, the keeper collects it at head height

18.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, short of length ball, 139.6kph, defended off the back foot towards cover

Dirk: "How much does Smithers need to score today to get his average above 50? Long shot, but hey, it's Biffday!" Smith needs to be 102* to that average back to 50.

James: "Junaid has deserved that for some excellent bowling this morning. Against a lesser batting side he'd have had 2 or 3."

End of over 19 (wicket maiden) South Africa 46/1
HM Amla    0* (3b)      Junaid Khan    8-4-5-1
GC Smith    24* (58b 2x4)      Umar Gul    7-0-19-0

19.1

Umar Gul to Smith, OUT, there's another one! this session has changed, and Smith's big day doesn't result in a big score for him, that was pitched up and nipped away, Smith looks to play if off the front foot towards mid-on, an outside edge through to the keeper, Smith is gone for 24

GC Smith c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Umar Gul 24 (96m 59b 2x4 0x6) SR: 40.67

Pakistan will be cock-a-hoop but the sight of Kallis and Amla is enough to demoralise any bowling line-up. Key batsmen in the middle now

19.2

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, back of a length ball from Gul, blocked towards cover

19.3

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, keeps it on a back of a length, 133kph, played towards cover once more

Zo: "The "Biff" just got Gul-dozed!!!"

19.4

Umar Gul to Kallis, FOUR, an easy delivery for Kallis to get going, that was length and on the pads, whipped away behind square leg for four

19.5

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, tests him with a short ball, 132kph, Kallis doesn't get the bat down low as he ducks

19.6

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, length ball outside off, not much movement this time, batsman shoulders arms

Johan Struwig: "It is just not fair. You remove the openers and two of the best batsmen in the world come in next!"

Umair : "Two guys having averages in 40's are replaced by two having averages in 50's. That's class of SA lineup."

End of over 20 (4 runs) South Africa 50/2
JH Kallis    4* (5b 1x4)      Umar Gul    8-0-23-1
HM Amla    0* (3b)      Junaid Khan    8-4-5-1

20.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, short of a length ball outside off, just above 140kph, blocked off the back foot, Junaid continuing from round the wicket

20.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, FOUR, length ball around off, lovely shot from Amla, he's been a man in a hurry these days, carving that through cover off the front foot, superb stroke

20.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, back of a length and down the leg side, guided towards square leg

20.4

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, beaten! Kallis searching for that one outside off, curves in through the air and then move away on bouncing, terrific ball that

20.5

Junaid Khan to Kallis, 1 run, not as much movement this time, Kallis defends towards point and calls through for a single

20.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, back of a length ball angling in, Amla is happy to leave that though it is pretty close to off, good bounce once more for Junaid

Patch: "At the end of the year, I doubt this bowling performance from Junaid will be recognised with 'best of the year' awards. But my word, it has been breathtaking. Not many bowlers are beating batsmen on both edges these days."

Warren: "In 5 deliveries Pakistan have thrown the game on its head! 46/2, SA in a spot of bother, Smith will regret chosing to bat first in The Wanderers, day one is always for bowlers there and day 5 is still fine for batting. This will be a tough Test Series."

End of over 21 (6 runs) South Africa 56/2
HM Amla    5* (7b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    9-4-11-1
JH Kallis    5* (7b 1x4)      Umar Gul    8-0-23-1

21.1

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, too wide outside off to worry Kallis, who shoulders arms to that one

21.2

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, length ball just outside off, a firm drive off the front foot towards cover, not placed well enough for a single

21.3

Umar Gul to Kallis, 1 run, slants in after bouncing just outside off, Kallis clips that from middle stump behind square leg, that stayed a bit low as well

21.4

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, short of a length ball outside off, hint of away movement, Amla content to leave

21.5

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, ooh, that was just past the outside edge, that seams away just a hint, pitching back of a length and around off, Amla looks to defend and is beaten, how Pakistan would have loved an edge there

21.6

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, a touch short from Gul, Amla jumps and slaps that towards point

luke: "Although technically true right now, to call Smith a 40ave man is harsh - he's been a 50 ave man most of his career and is still less than 1 point .7 points below that even now!"

End of over 22 (1 run) South Africa 57/2
HM Amla    5* (10b 1x4)      Umar Gul    9-0-24-1
JH Kallis    6* (10b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    9-4-11-1

Junaid continues

22.1

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, angling in towards the stumps from round the wicket, defended to the leg side

About 10 minutes to lunch

22.2

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, Junaid has had plenty to do this morning but still keeping it above 140kph, this one is outside off and left alone by Kallis

22.3

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, length ball, Junaid grunts with the effort as he bowls, solidly defended by Kallis

22.4

Junaid Khan to Kallis, FOUR, pitched up and that is a lovely drive from Kallis, the crowd roars as they see that shot, an effortless push past mid-off for four

22.5

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, shorter and outside off this time, Kallis sways out of the line of that, bends his knee and makes sure he keeps the bat low, the keeper had to jump to collect that

22.6

Junaid Khan to Kallis, 1 run, a push towards cover for a single

arun: "@Patch : There was a collective cringe from Starc, Vern and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar when you uttered the last sentence.."

Dan the Man: "@Warren, Smith had to bat first, with Ajmal and hafeez to bowl on the final day you wouldn't want to chase more than 150-200 even with SA's batting strength, and SA dont know how Pakistans batting is going to go in these conditions yet"

End of over 23 (5 runs) South Africa 62/2
JH Kallis    11* (16b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    10-4-16-1
HM Amla    5* (10b 1x4)      Umar Gul    9-0-24-1

23.1

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, length ball around off stump, blocked off the front foot

23.2

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, short of length ball outside off, moves away a touch, Kallis allows that through to the keeper

23.3

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, pitched up, 130.7kph, blocked back towards the bowler

23.4

Umar Gul to Kallis, FOUR, pitched up and that is superbly driven by Kallis towards midwicket, he's looking good here,

Meanwhile, a thrilling finish in the Women's match between England and Sri Lanka. Follow that here

23.5

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, extra bounce there, Kallis is discomforted as he keeps that away, tapped to the off side

23.6

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, driven to the off side to end the over

End of over 24 (4 runs) South Africa 66/2
JH Kallis    15* (22b 3x4)      Umar Gul    10-0-28-1
HM Amla    5* (10b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    10-4-16-1

Saeed Ajmal who has confounded batsmen round the world gets an over before lunch

24.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, defended to the leg side by Amla

24.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, Amla stays in the crease as he defends that regulation offspinner

24.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 2 runs, a touch short, doesn't spin in, Amla waits for it and slaps it just in front of point

24.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, just outside off, Amla defends to the leg side

24.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, pitched up and just outside off, defended to the leg side

24.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, just outside off, worked behind square leg by Amla, and that will be lunch

12.30pm Terrific morning session this. South Africa's openers had kept out everything Pakistan's quicks had fired at them for an hour and a half, before both departed in the space of five balls. Junaid Khan's reputation continues to grow as he tested the batsmen by getting the ball to move both ways. Umar Gul was a threat as well, though not as much as Junaid. Smith couldn't make a big impact on #BiffDay, and Petersen edged to slip after getting a start.

Umair: "Balanced session for both sides. Junaid did a wonderful job but Smith will be disappointed by his dismissal."

James sums it up: "Whichever way you look at it, this has been an excellent morning of tough test cricket. A top batting line up battling to keep an excellent fast bowling unit at bay. What more do you want?"

We'll be back at 1.10pm for the second session. See you then.

End of over 25 (2 runs) South Africa 68/2
HM Amla    7* (16b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0
JH Kallis    15* (22b 3x4)      Umar Gul    10-0-28-1

1.05pm We're back for the second session. An early wicket will really have South Africa in some bother, but Amla and Kallis are two of the most redoubtable batsmen in world cricket. Should be a good contest.

Zahran: "How SA play Ajmal will be the key - which batsman has played Ajmal best in tests during the last 2 years. I am thinking its Sangakkara?"

Omair Ali: "I am excited to see how SA plays Saeed Ajmal considering their lack of ability to play good quality spin in general!"

Amer: "Wow..... i was dying to see this contest. The world's best Kallis and Amla batting against Junaid and Saeed Ajmal. its really a mouthwatering stuff."

Greg: "@Omair Ali - not sure you're correct there. Amla, Kallis and ABDV would have to be three of the best players of spin in the world."

Rahat Ali to start.

25.1

Rahat Ali to Kallis, 1 run, gets the ball to curl back in a touch, 133kph, defended in front of middle to the leg side

25.2

Rahat Ali to Amla, no run, nice delivery, 134.3 kph that rises shaprly after pitching back of a length, just outside off, Amla keeps his wrists low as he allows that through to the keeper

25.3

Rahat Ali to Amla, no run, not a great delivery that, well down the leg side

25.4

Rahat Ali to Amla, no run, short of length ball around off, 134kph, defended to the off side

Shaun: "Well South African pitches aren't exactly amongst the favourites of spin bowlers from around the world..."

25.5

Rahat Ali to Amla, no run, pitched up and a hint of swing in, solidly defended to the leg side

25.6

Rahat Ali to Amla, no run, shorter this time, just outside off, defended off the back foot to the off side

Dan the Man: "Lack of ability to play spin?? Kallis, AB and Amla all average over 65 against spin over the past 5 years. If I remember correctly Amla averages 90 against spin in the subcontinent"

End of over 26 (1 run) South Africa 69/2
HM Amla    7* (21b 1x4)      Rahat Ali    5-0-22-0
JH Kallis    16* (23b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0

Junaid now

26.1

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, starts with a length ball angling across, 136kph, left alone

26.2

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, pitched up and just outside off, Kallis shoulders arms

26.3

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, oh, that was very close to the outside edge, that swings away and carries on with the angle, Kallis sucked in towards the one, beats the edge

26.4

Junaid Khan to Kallis, FOUR, superb from Kallis, fuller and closer to off from Junaid, Kallis gets forward and eases that through cover, not looking to power it, just placement and timing to get a boundary

26.5

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, short of length ball on off stump, defended to the off side from the crease

26.6

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, back of a length ball around off, forward defence towards cover, great tussle in the over between Junaid and Kallis

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 73/2
JH Kallis    20* (29b 4x4)      Junaid Khan    11-4-20-1
HM Amla    7* (21b 1x4)      Rahat Ali    5-0-22-0

Ejaz Farooq: "It won't be an easy task for saeed ajmal in South Africa, just not because of the pitches but also the quality bestman south africa have."

27.1

Rahat Ali to Amla, no run, too wide from Rahat, Amla slaps it towards point, Rahat still searching for a consistent line and length

27.2

Rahat Ali to Amla, 1 run, length ball on middle, whipped towards square leg by Amla

27.3

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, shorter this time, on middle and leg, Kallis gets back in the crease and defends that down the track

27.4

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, ooh, Kallis flirts with that one outside off, very nearly gets the outside edge, that bounces more than Kallis thinks it will, it was back of a length and outside off, Kallis chases and misses, that sails over the top edge

27.5

Rahat Ali to Kallis, 1 run, short of length ball on the stumps, defended to the leg side

27.6

Rahat Ali to Amla, 1 run, full and that swings in a bit, almost yorker length, dug out towards square leg by Amla

End of over 28 (3 runs) South Africa 76/2
HM Amla    9* (24b 1x4)      Rahat Ali    6-0-25-0
JH Kallis    21* (32b 4x4)      Junaid Khan    11-4-20-1

28.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, length ball spearing in towards off stump, defended to the off side

28.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, Junaid continues round the wicket, back of a length and outside off, not moving much, blocked to the off side by Amla

28.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, length ball angling in towards off stump, more solid defence from Amla

28.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, length ball from round the wicket, that is crisply struck by Amla back towards the bowler, Junaid lunges to his left to catch that and then throws down the stumps, Amla was well in the crease though, the crowd likes the aggression from Junaid

28.5

Junaid Khan to Amla, FOUR, too short from Junaid, sits up on leg stump, Amla swivels as he pulls that behind square leg

28.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, FOUR, a rare poor delivery from Junaid, whistling down the leg side, helped down to fine leg for four more

End of over 29 (8 runs) South Africa 84/2
HM Amla    17* (30b 3x4)      Junaid Khan    12-4-28-1
JH Kallis    21* (32b 4x4)      Rahat Ali    6-0-25-0

29.1

Rahat Ali to Kallis, FOUR, make that three boundaries in a row, a touch short from Rahat, Kallis stands tall and glides that between second slip and gully for four, great control from Kallis

29.2

Rahat Ali to Kallis, FOUR, make that four in a row, Kallis waiting on the back foot, just a bit of width, serious bat-speed from Kallis there, he slaps this delivery past point for four, SA 's run-rate over three now

29.3

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, defended back towards the bowler

29.4

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, from round the wicket now to cut down on the room on offer, Kallis once again slashes but not past gully

29.5

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, short of a length ball outside off, Kallis shoulders arms

29.6

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, length ball outside off, once more Kallis raises the bat over his head as he allows the ball through to the keeper

Left-field pick from Zimbo: "Which batsman has played Ajmal best the last two years?? I would proudly say Tino Mawoyo in the Bulawayo test."

End of over 30 (8 runs) South Africa 92/2
JH Kallis    29* (38b 6x4)      Rahat Ali    7-0-33-0
HM Amla    17* (30b 3x4)      Junaid Khan    12-4-28-1

30.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, Ajmal to get his first proper spell now, first ball is defended to the leg side

30.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, length and around off, worked towards midwicket

30.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, FOUR, flighted length delivery, Amla waits for it and cover drives it for a boundary, opens the face a touch to place that one

30.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, some turn there for Ajmal, Amla waits on the back foot to try work the ball to the leg side, he misses and hit on the pads, that was going down

30.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, more careful defence this time from Amla

30.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, flighted ball is defended towards mid-off

John: "Can you imagine how different Kallis' career might have been now had Amla not arrived on the scene? He would still be carrying the entire team on those broad shoulders. Let's be thankful for Amla, he has freed up Kallis to play his natural game!" Firdose has done a piece on that theme. Here, take a look.

End of over 31 (4 runs) South Africa 96/2
HM Amla    21* (36b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-6-0
JH Kallis    29* (38b 6x4)      Rahat Ali    7-0-33-0

31.1

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, Rahat from round the wicket, defended to the off side

31.2

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, back of a length and outside off, patted towards cover

31.3

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, short of length and outside off, Kallis looks to block off the back foot, a thick outside edge bounces over to gully

31.4

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, from wide of the crease, defended back towards the bowler

31.5

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, that jagged in sharply, taking Kallis by surprise, he was looking to slash it for four more past gully, but that comes back a long way, hits Kallis on the gloves, onto the pads and towards square leg

31.6

Rahat Ali to Kallis, 1 run, moves across and looks to whip this past square leg, can't get hold of it properly

MrGarreth: "I don't know if there is a worse sight for bowlers in world cricket at the moment than Amla and Kallis in full flight. Things looking ominous."

Luke: "Zimbo - that did put a smile on my face...watched every ball (huge fan of Tino's) but i think you HAVE TO adjust your observation from "who's played Ajmal best" to 'who's been most successful against him' ... he was at sea a fair amount of the time :)"

End of over 32 (1 run) South Africa 97/2
JH Kallis    30* (44b 6x4)      Rahat Ali    8-0-34-0
HM Amla    21* (36b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-6-0

32.1

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, no run, tossed up, there's the doosra, an outside edge towards gully

32.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, no run, length ball, worked towards midwicket by Kallis

32.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, 1 run, length ball spinning in a little, nudged towards deep square leg

Sean: "Kallis also benefited from playing T20's, his strike rate gone up quite a bit. He said so himself!"

32.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, a full ball outside off, Amla looks to sweep that one after getting on one knee, he misses and that is through to the keeper

32.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, a leading edge this time as Amla looks to whip the ball towards the leg side, lands safely after flying towards mid-off

32.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, an on-drive to mid-on this time

Here's something from our stats man Madhu: "Amla and Kallis, who have 11 century stands in 63 innings, are only 11th on the list of batting pairs (min 11 century stands) with the best rate of century stands (innings per century partnership). Hobbs and Sutcliffe have 15 century stands in just 39 innings (rate 2.6) followed by David Boon/Mark Waugh, who have 11 century stands in 37 innings (rate 3.36)."

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 98/2
HM Amla    21* (39b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-7-0
JH Kallis    31* (47b 6x4)      Rahat Ali    8-0-34-0

33.1

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, big appeal for lbw, turned down, Pakistan consider going for the DRS, big inside-edge there and Kallis was struck outside off as well

33.2

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, a length ball is soldily defended off the front foot towards cover

33.3

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, tries that shot which fetched him two boundaries in the previous Rahat over, arching back as he chops that towards gully, can't beat the fielder

33.4

Rahat Ali to Kallis, 1 no ball, Kallis stays in the crease and drives that towards cover, Rahat has overstepped

33.4

Rahat Ali to Kallis, no run, angling in from round the wicket, left alone outside off

33.5

Rahat Ali to Kallis, FOUR, beautiful shot from Kallis, overpitched from Rahat, Kallis punches that between the bowler and non-striker for four, Rahat leaps to his right but can't stop that one, it brings up 13000 Test runs for South Africa (he's scored a few for the World XI)

Oliver Jones: "There once was a pair called Amla and Kallis Who, to bowlers, showed intent, no malice When they came together They batted forever With the grace of a king in a palace"

33.6

Rahat Ali to Kallis, FOUR, wow, short from Rahat, pulled away imperiously by Kallis, top shot that, looking in good touch

End of over 34 (9 runs) South Africa 107/2
JH Kallis    39* (54b 8x4)      Rahat Ali    9-0-43-0
HM Amla    21* (39b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-7-0

34.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run

34.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, 1 run, tossed up, on a length and spins in, worked behind square leg

34.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, length ball just outside off, carefull defended from the crease

34.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, FOUR, that was a touch short from Ajmal, giving Amla to go deep in the crease and guide it behind point for four

34.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, gets well forward and plays it inside-out towards extra cover

Nduru: "To Zimbo, Tino's innings, in my view, should be remembered for the stoic resistance. He was tormented throughout though!"

34.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, 3 runs, gets the outside edge, Kallis was looking to defend that length ball outside off, a thick outside edge sends the ball down towards third man, Amla pushes for the third and makes it in time

End of over 35 (10 runs) South Africa 117/2
JH Kallis    43* (56b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-17-0
HM Amla    27* (43b 5x4)      Rahat Ali    9-0-43-0

Gul returns, taking over from Rahat

35.1

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, back of a length and outside off, move away a hint as well, Kallis shoulders arms

35.2

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, too wide outside off once more

35.3

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, closer to off this time, but not close enough to make Kallis play, once more he allows the ball through to the keeper

35.4

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, back of a length ball closer to off stump, Kallis shows the full face as he blocks back towards the bowler

35.5

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, back to well outside off, Kallis isn't interested in that one

35.6

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, too wide once more, no worries for Kallis

Greg: "I'm a Kiwi and I really think this South African team are going to create a legacy like the West Indies of the 80s and the Aussies of the late 90s-mid00s. They are that good."

More limericks. This time from Bez: "There once was a batsman named Jacques / who scored at the pace of a rock / But now he stacks up his scores / smashing sixes and fours / showing no more emotion than Spock"

End of over 36 (maiden) South Africa 117/2
JH Kallis    43* (62b 8x4)      Umar Gul    11-1-28-1
HM Amla    27* (43b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-17-0

36.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, ajmal from round the wicket, pitched up and Amla defends to the off side

36.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, on the pads this time, nudges it behind square leg for a single

36.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, no run, pitching on a length, around middle and leg, whipped towards short leg, Azhar Ali gets a hand on that to take the pace off

36.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, no run, solidly defended back towards the bowler

36.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, no run, length ball is pushed down the track

36.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, 1 run, tossed up, on a length, around middle and leg, driven towards wide mid-on

Shuddho: "I don't know why I am the only one asking this, but why isn't Abdur Rahman in the team?" No place for a second specialist spinner on this track.

End of over 37 (2 runs) South Africa 119/2
JH Kallis    44* (66b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-19-0
HM Amla    28* (45b 5x4)      Umar Gul    11-1-28-1

37.1

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, 129.8kph from Gul, too wide outside off once more

37.2

Umar Gul to Kallis, 1 run, back of a length ball on the pads, eased down towards fine leg

37.3

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, Gul grunting with the effort, length ball outside off, pushed to the leg side by Amla

37.4

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, length ball around off, not much movement now for Gul, solid defence to the off side by Amla

37.5

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, length ball on off stump, more defence from Amla

37.6

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, just short of a length, outside off, 131 kph, a firm push towards cover

Isaam: "@Greg: Despite being a big SA fan, I don't think they can create the sort of legacy created by the WIndies and Australia simply because of Kallis: he is the key factor; the moment he retires, the whole balance of this team will be tested and I don't see any all-rounder of his calibre (Albie Morkel, Obus Pienaar, etc are all average to be very honest) who can fill in that void."

James: "Greg, I'm not so sure. Kallis is vital to the balance of the side, and, at 37, you have to wonder how much longer he can continue at the top. No immediate signs of imminent retirement, though!"

End of over 38 (1 run) South Africa 120/2
HM Amla    28* (49b 5x4)      Umar Gul    12-1-29-1
JH Kallis    45* (68b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-19-0

38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, no run, on middle stump, blocked towards square leg

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, no run, pitched up, on middle and leg again as Ajmal continues round the wicket, defended to the leg side, "keep going lads," shouts the keeper

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, no run, and that famous shout of "yourself" is heard from the keeper as Kallis defends back to the bowler

38.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, FOUR, a rare bad ball from Ajmal, full toss and, naturally, Kallis puts it away, through extra cover for four to move to 49

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, no run, defended to the leg side

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kallis, 1 run, another 50 for Kallis, does he ever fail, a full ball on the pads, whipped behind square leg, that's Test fifty No 58, huge roar from the Bullring crowd to mark the milestone

End of over 39 (5 runs) South Africa 125/2
JH Kallis    50* (74b 9x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-24-0
HM Amla    28* (49b 5x4)      Umar Gul    12-1-29-1

39.1

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, shortish ball, 133.8kph, Kallis ducks under that one comfortably

39.2

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, short of length ball, 133kph, outside off, Kallis allows it through to the keeper

39.3

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, gets that one to swerve away after pitching outside of, starting too far from the stumps to worry Kallis

39.4

Umar Gul to Kallis, OUT, what a catch that is, and what an uncharacteristic way for Kallis to go, another short ball from Gul, Kallis goes for the pull, gets a bit of a top edge, immediately there is a shout of 'Catch,' Asad Shafiq had to move to his left at deep midwicket, he's at full stretch as he dives to pouch that massive wicket for Pakistan, that was a screamer from Shafiq

JH Kallis c Asad Shafiq b Umar Gul 50 (82m 78b 9x4 0x6) SR: 64.10

Sami: "Ding ding! Kallis has fallen."

39.5

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, length ball on off stump is defended to the off side

39.6

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, outside off and that's left alone

Wasn't just the manner of dismissal that was uncharacteristic from Kallis, it was also that Pakistan weren't really building any pressure on the batsmen. Not like Kallis to give it away after getting set, and looking in such good nick too.

End of over 40 (wicket maiden) South Africa 125/3
HM Amla    28* (51b 5x4)      Umar Gul    13-2-29-2
AB de Villiers    0* (0b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-24-0

40.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, blocked off the backfoot towards point

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, shuffles across and tucks the ball to the leg side

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, back of a length and spinning in a little, defended to the off side

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, length ball on middle stump, blocked off the front foot towards midwicket

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, more defence from de Villiers

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, length ball around off, played with soft hands to the left of the bowler, that's a maiden

Zen Akhtar: "..oon yeah! ...Asad Shafique has got his South African feilding spirit on!!!"

End of over 41 (maiden) South Africa 125/3
AB de Villiers    0* (6b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-1-24-0
HM Amla    28* (51b 5x4)      Umar Gul    13-2-29-2

41.1

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, well outside off, Amla doesn't need to play those

41.2

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, length ball is driven on the up, firmly but straight at the bowler

41.3

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, outside off once more, Amla shoulders arms once more

41.4

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, short of a length ball outside off, left alone

41.5

Umar Gul to Amla, FOUR, whiplash drive from Amla, that was back of a length and just outside off, opens the face as he drives that one the up and through cover, top shot that

41.6

Umar Gul to Amla, 1 run, length ball on off, an inside-out drive towards mid-off

End of over 42 (5 runs) South Africa 130/3
HM Amla    33* (57b 6x4)      Umar Gul    14-2-34-2
AB de Villiers    0* (6b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-1-24-0

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, length ball on the pads, defended towards square leg

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 2 runs, on the pads once again, whipped off the back foot towards deep backward square leg

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, down the leg side once more, Ajmal bowling too many of those once he started bowling round the wicket, helped round the corner

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up this time, the doosra, de villiers looking to defend after stretching forward, takes the outside edge towards cover

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, spins in quite a bit, amla defends it against the turn to the off side

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, on the pads, blocked to the leg side

Rashid: "Despite the fact that I don't like to any batsmen scoring again Pakistan but Amla is a treat to watch !!!!! Just wonder how you gonna get him under this kind of form."

Kashif Muneer: "I've been really looking forward to Amla vs Ajmal battle. Amla looks to dominate Ajmal and manufactures shots that sometimes aren't on. Should be fascinating."

End of over 43 (4 runs) South Africa 134/3
HM Amla    36* (62b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-1-28-0
AB de Villiers    1* (7b)      Umar Gul    14-2-34-2

Junaid returns

43.1

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, first ball is defended by de Villiers

Two slips and a gully

43.2

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, too far outside off, left alone

43.3

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, Junaid continues round the wicket, defended off the back foot to the right of the bowler

43.4

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run

43.5

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, not too far away from the off stump, left alone by AB de Villiers

43.6

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, outside off and that also doesn't bother de Villiers

End of over 44 (maiden) South Africa 134/3
AB de Villiers    1* (13b)      Junaid Khan    13-5-28-1
HM Amla    36* (62b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-1-28-0

44.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, on the pads, tucked towards square leg

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, too short from Ajmal, on leg stump, slapped towards deep square leg

Sharjil: "I know you stopped talking about nightmares a while ago but that South African "highest score" column is giving me lots of them. Please make it go away just for this series."

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, length ball on the leg stump, defended to the right of the bowler

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, massive lbw appeal, but that pitched just outside leg stump, umpire turns it down, plenty of bounce for Ajmal as well

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, on the pads once more, defended to the leg side

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, pitched up, just outside off, driven crisply towards cover

End of over 45 (1 run) South Africa 135/3
AB de Villiers    1* (17b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-1-29-0
HM Amla    37* (64b 6x4)      Junaid Khan    13-5-28-1

Bit of a surprise move this, Younis Khan to bowl medium-pace

45.1

Younis Khan to Amla, no run, starts with a gentle 115kph ball outside off, left alone

45.2

Younis Khan to Amla, no run, too far outside off, bouncing twice on its way to the keeper, 116kph this time

45.3

Younis Khan to Amla, OUT, oh my goodness, Younis has done it, Amla has thrown it away, innocuous bat well outside off, Amla goes after it hard, slashes it firmly but another superb catch, this time from Azhar Ali, who reacts real quick to clasp that one at gully, he didn't much time to snap that overhead chance, results in another huge wicket, not like Amla to give it away like that

HM Amla c Azhar Ali b Younis Khan 37 (112m 67b 6x4 0x6) SR: 55.22

45.4

Younis Khan to du Plessis, no run, short of length ball on off stump, 116kph, defended back towards the bowler

45.5

Younis Khan to du Plessis, FOUR, length ball outside off, Faf du Plessis unleahes a gorgeous extra cover drive to get off the mark

Gonzo: "That's the best tactic against Amla, get your worst bowler to chuck pies at him. Pakistan catching brilliantly though."

45.6

Younis Khan to du Plessis, 1 run, on the pads, helped behind square leg

Graeme: "Amla's fatal flaw: a weakness against rubbish dibbly-dobblers. England's fatal error last summer: not bowling Trotty enough."

End of over 46 (5 runs) South Africa 140/4
F du Plessis    5* (3b 1x4)      Younis Khan    1-0-5-1
AB de Villiers    1* (17b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-1-29-0

46.1

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, no run, stretches forward and defends to the leg side

46.2

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, no run, pads away a delivery well outside off

46.3

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, no run, on middle stump, moves across the stumps and defends to the leg side

46.4

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, no run, on the pads, guided to short fine leg, 'this is your time, ajmal, keep the pressure on,' says the keeper

46.5

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, 1 run, a tight single there, on the pads and that is steered down to short fine, Rahat's the fielder there, de Villiers is quick though and he makes it in time

46.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, pushed back towards their bowler

End of over 47 (1 run) South Africa 141/4
AB de Villiers    1* (18b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-1-30-0
F du Plessis    6* (8b 1x4)      Younis Khan    1-0-5-1

47.1

Younis Khan to du Plessis, no run, played uppishly to the right of the non-striker

47.2

Younis Khan to du Plessis, no run, too far outside off, keeper standing up

47.3

Younis Khan to du Plessis, no run, once more it is way outside off stump

47.4

Younis Khan to du Plessis, no run, solid defence off the front foot this time

47.5

Younis Khan to du Plessis, no run, well outside off and that is left alone once more

47.6

Younis Khan to du Plessis, 1 run, on the pads, helped along behind square leg

Yasser: "30 years from now, columnists will remember this wicket of Younis as pure genius of Misbah's captaincy."

Yasir Hasan: "Can't say anything other than "Hahahhahahhaah" where did this wicket come from... haahhahahah"

End of over 48 (1 run) South Africa 142/4
F du Plessis    7* (14b 1x4)      Younis Khan    2-0-6-1
AB de Villiers    1* (18b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-1-30-0

48.1

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, Junaid returns, he starts with a short of length ball that is punched towards extra cover

48.2

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, pitched up, Junaid is still bowling from round the wicket, defended towards mid-on

Dharmendra: "i bet this will be Amla's nightmare for a long time.."

48.3

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, great line from Junaid, length ball heading for off stump, Faf keeps bat and pad together as he blocks

Len: "My goodness Pakistan can field! 2 glorious catches."

48.4

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, an lbw appeal from Junaid, that curves in just a little, takes the pads on its way to the keeper as Faf looks to shoulder arms

48.5

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, slides that down the leg side, a diving take by the keeper

48.6

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, switches to over the wicket, pitched up, on off stump, defended to the leg side

Farhan: "@Grame: I resent that! Younis might be a dibbly-dobbler, but in the league of dibbly-dobblers he's a Dennis Lillie. Trott and the rest can only wish to achieve Younis's repertoire of dibbling or dobbling!"

Vivek Bhandari: "Nearly every team has such bowlers with golden arms who'd just trundle and roll over their arms. I remember how well the Aussie captains have used Greg Blewett, and more recently Mike Hussey."

Atif Raza: "I have seen excellent catches from Pakistan, but they have been far apart......never saw two consecutive magnificient catches from them......"

End of over 49 (maiden) South Africa 142/4
F du Plessis    7* (20b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    14-6-28-1
AB de Villiers    1* (18b)      Younis Khan    2-0-6-1

49.1

Younis Khan to de Villiers, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended from the crease towards point

49.2

Younis Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, swinging away, full and way outside off stump, slapped towards deep backward point

49.3

Younis Khan to du Plessis, no run, short of length ball well outside off, left alone

49.4

Younis Khan to du Plessis, no run, that keeps a bit low, 118kph and outside off, that went between bat and pad as the batsman looks to chop that through the off side

49.5

Younis Khan to du Plessis, no run, pitched up and that is driven back towards the bowler

49.6

Younis Khan to du Plessis, no run, pushed back to the bowler, Younis fields

By the way, Younis once dismissed Sehwag in a Test.

End of over 50 (1 run) South Africa 143/4
F du Plessis    7* (24b 1x4)      Younis Khan    3-0-7-1
AB de Villiers    2* (20b)      Junaid Khan    14-6-28-1
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Feb 4, 2013

AB de Villiers equalled the record for dismissals in a Test with 11, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, February 4, 2013

AB de Villiers equalled the record for dismissals in a Test with 11

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Dale Steyn's 11th wicket ended the Test, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, February 4, 2013

Dale Steyn's 11th wicket ended the Test

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